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Say What about a Carbon Tax?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was also at the White House Tuesday, where she suggested that Democrats in the House want to link a carbon

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

A Pathway to Clean, Fair Transportation for Everyone

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Study Shows How to Reduce Pollution and Cut Consumer Costs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic  —   … A new push for cleaner vehicles and fuels can reduce pollution

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt to Exempt Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuel-Powered Vehicles from Permit Requirements: Gadkari

(PTI/India TV)  Urging automakers to focus in this direction, the minister said demand for EVs could also be created by mandating cab aggregators like Ola and Uber to induct a certain

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Oil’s Well?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Poltico’s Morning Energy) Does the world have enough oil to go around if 2.5 million barrels of Iranian petroleum is put behind a wall of U.S. sanctions?

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Welcomes Inclusion of High Octane Fuels in 2021-2026 CAFE/GHG Proposal

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for public comments on how high octane fuels could facilitate engine efficiency improvements and

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 COMMENTS DUE: EXTENDED to October 26, 2018

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) propose to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration to Freeze Fuel Efficiency Requirements

by Brady Dennis, Michael Laris and Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post) The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 — a massive

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Democrats ‘Pleased’ to Hear from Trump’s New EPA Pick: EPA’S Wheeler Promises ‘50-State Solution’ for New Auto Rules

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed to senators Wednesday that the Trump administration this week will release a proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel efficiency standards.

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Inside the Draft Auto Rule Rollback

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration is expected to formally roll back vehicle fuel economy and emissions requirements later this week, and a draft version of the EPA-NHTSA

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Extra Administration Analysis Delays Fuel Economy Rules

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Fuel economy rules from EPA and the Department of Transportation that were widely expected this week will be delayed, as the feds are adding

July 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Shuster Infrastructure Draft Boosts Gas Tax in Short Term

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster released his long-awaited infrastructure discussion draft on Monday. The Pennsylvania Republican proposes a short-term boost to the gasoline tax

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

United Front … Octane Is Important

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Experts in multiple industries support the idea of a high-octane fuel standard, but some prefer it as a replacement to the RFS.  —  Octane is important.

July 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Emissions, Energy, and Economic Implications of the Curbelo Carbon Tax Proposal

(Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy)  In July 2018 Representative Carlos Curbelo proposed legislation that would put a price on US carbon dioxide emissions (“Curbelo proposal”). A carbon price is

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Report: Clean Car Rules Coming Soon

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)Mark your calendars, readers. An EPA official told E&E News that the Trump administration will propose its plans for weakening Obama-era clean car standards next

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Georgetown Climate Center and Northeast States Listen to Public’s Ideas about Future of Transportation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Recently, the Georgetown Climate Center facilitated the third in a series of Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Sessions designed to “(cast) a broader net

June 28, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

White House to Meet Automakers, California on Fuel Efficiency Rule

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  White House officials will have a new round of meetings with an automakers trade group and California’s “clean air” agency next week before unveiling a proposal to

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Eleven Years After Bill, City Fleets in Washington State are Nowhere Near Abandoning Gas-Powered Vehicles

by Nicholas Deshais (The Spokesman-Review/GovTech)  Seattle has the most alternative-fuel vehicles in its municipal fleet. But its fleet is supposed to be 100 percent alternative.  —  … In 2007, Washington state Gov.

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Leaders in Advanced Diesel Technology Outline Innovations to Deliver Cargo and Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … The other thing you’re looking at with renewable diesel – since it is diesel fuel – you don’t have a lot of logistical handling problems that you

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Regulation Is Not Sustainable Long-Term

(EurekAlert!/Lund University)  The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the core issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to a new doctoral

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Can’t Keep Prior Fuel Economy Data in Its Blind Spot: Critics

by Abby Smith (Bloomberg)  Lawsuits seek to force consideration of prior data in fuel economy proposal; Automakers expect fuller analysis, data to back up agencies’ proposed options  —  Lawsuits over the EPA’s April

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

New Generation Biofuels Increasing in Viability

by Giles Kirkland (ACT News)  Those interested in advanced transportation will be well aware of the massive potential of introducing such kinds of biofuels as microalgae-based fuels. With fossil fuels still

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania: Commercial Transport Can Be Fossil-Free by 2050

(Scania/Automotive World)  A fossil-free commercial transport system in the timeframe of the Paris Agreement target is not only possible, but also financially attractive from a societal perspective. This is the key

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

By the Gallon and Trade Groups: What about EVs?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  While the numbers are still making their way through the regulatory process, sources tell Pro’s Eric Wolff, refiners can expect to blend 500 million

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Utilities Join with Tesla to Sue EPA over Fuel Standard Rollback

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  A coalition of utilities and electric transportation companies sued the Enviornmental Protection Agency earlier this month over its efforts to roll back automotive fuel efficiency standards

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Slapped With Another Suit Over Vehicle Emissions Standards

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Several environmental and public interest groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s April 2 announcement to

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Are We There Yet? Europe’s Nagging Call for Sustainable Mobility

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it comes to getting from point A to point B, getting to our destination has unfortunately overshadowed the process of how we should

May 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

U.S. Agencies Moving forward with Proposing Fuel Economy Revisions

by David Shepardson  (Reuters)  The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to submit a series of options for softening fuel efficiency standards to the White House for approval in the coming

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

EVs and Ethanol Mix Well Together

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The future is bright for electric vehicles and ethanol to work together to increase future vehicle energy efficiencies and reduce costs for consumers, according to Renewable Fuels Association

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA to Testify at House Hearing on “Sharing the Road: Policy Implications of Electric and Conventional Vehicles in the Years Ahead.”

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At the National Ethanol Conference in February, speakers offered differing views on the potential for electric vehicles in the vehicle marketplace, and the perceived threat to liquid transportation fuels and the

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Calif. to Fight Trump’s ‘Politically Motivated’ Car Standards Plan

by Timothy Cama and Miranda Green (The Hill)  California officials promised Monday to put up a fight against the Trump administration’s newly announced decision to lower standards for car tailpipe emissions. The

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ontario Moves Toward Hydrogen-Powered Trains

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The Province of Ontario is taking the next steps in testing hydrogen-powered train technology, according to an announcement from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Kathryn McGarry, minister of

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Parts and Control Makers Team up on Vehicle Standards

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Groups representing auto parts makers and pollution control manufacturers will team up today for a new “informal alliance” to push for EPA and the Transportation Department

March 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Position Paper: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association)  The European Commission presented its Clean Mobility Package on 8 November 2017. Besides a number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives, the Commission also launched an Action Plan

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Carmakers’ ‘Harmonization’ Push Could Soften Fuel Efficiency Gains (1)

by Abby Smith (Bloomberg Environment) Automakers seek consistency in EPA, NHTSA programs as agencies weigh standards’ future;  Environmentalists say push is meant to soften vehicle limits  —  Automakers may already get what

February 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustainable Biofuels Important Clean Mobility Solution – New Study Highlights

(Bioenergy International)  Sustainable biofuels are among the best solutions available for decarbonising transport and mitigating climate change, according to a new study. Published as the EU begins trilogue negotiations its renewable

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Public Consultation on EU Funds in the area of Investment, Research & Innovation, SMEs and Single Market DEADLINE: 8 March 2018

In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU’s long–term budget.  The Commission’s proposals

January 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Push Trump, Congress to Raise the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure

by John Wagner (Washington Post)  With President Trump and Congress turning their attention to infrastructure in the coming weeks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is preparing for an uphill battle: a

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

California-Trump Administration Fuel-Efficiency Talks Intensify

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Regulators Meet with California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

China, Moving to Cut Emissions, Halts Production of 500 Car Models

by Hiroko Tabuchi (New York Times)The suspensions pointed to Beijing’s growing willingness to test forceful antipollution measures and assume a leading role in the fight against climate change. READ MORE

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

At Last, the Age of the Electric Car Really Arrives

by Jack Stewart (Wired)  For all the hype, electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of global vehicle sales. Like, less than one percent tiny. But there’s a growing movement around

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Mail Call! Don’t Turn the Car (Standards) Around

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) At least 22 Democratic senators, led by Ed Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kamala Harris , are sending Pruitt a letter this morning urging him

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

by Ryan Beene and Dana Hull (Bloomberg)  Assemblymember Ting says he will introduce proposal next month; Only ‘clean’ cars could be registered by DMV under bill: Ting  —  A California lawmaker wants to

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050

(Alliance to Save Energy)  Audi’s Scott Keogh and National Grid’s Dean Seavers Lead “50 by 50” Commission  —  Today the Alliance to Save Energy chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

5 Years in, Fuel Economy Standards Put Savings in Drivers’ Pockets

by David Friedman (The Hill/Consumers Union)  What if our government rolled back a program that saved consumers over $45 billion on fuel since 2010? What if they did this despite the

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Rep. Upton Files Bill to ‘Harmonize’ MPG Rrules

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has introduced legislation that would allow automakers to apply credits for gas mileage improvements from model years as far back

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Experts Urge Railroads to Improve Tracks, Tank Cars for Hazardous Fuel Shipments

by Bart Jansen (USA Today)  Railroads need to repair tracks better and continue to upgrade tank cars as they haul more hazardous cargo such as crude oil and natural gas, says

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

GM’s Barra Skeptical of Electric Car Mandates

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that Chinese officials should consider whether there is sufficient demand for electric cars before they move to ban

October 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Groups Testify at EPA Hearing on CAFE-GHG Standards

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association are among the groups that testified at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Files NHTSA Comments in Support of Ethanol Blends

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy recently filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as it prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Public Hearing on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination September 6, 2017 in Washington DC; Comment period DEADLINE: October 5, 2017

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA will hold a public hearing on September 6, 2017 in Washington DC to hear public testimony on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination. 

August 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way. The work will implement the findings of

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Is Bad News for the ICAO Emissions Deal

by Aaron Karp (Air Transport World)  I expect to hear a lot of talk over the coming days, particularly at the IATA AGM in Cancun that starts June 4, about

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Calls for Indian Government to Lower Taxes on Biodiesel and Hybrid Cars

(Biofuels International)  Indian union minister Nitin Gadkari will urge the country’s finance minister to reduce the goods and services tax (GST) rates on cars that run on biodiesel, as well

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Let’s Not Rush with Diesel

by Seppo Mikkonen (Neste)  According to recent estimates, there will be a stop to diesel-fueled traffic. The resistance to diesel increased before Easter, when Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Industry

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Peters, Alexander & Stabenow Reintroduce Vehicle Innovation Act Bipartisan Bill Boosts R&D for Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

(Office of Senator Gary Peters)  U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced they are reintroducing the bipartisan Vehicle Innovation Act to encourage investments

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Says He’s Willing to Consider Raising Gas Tax

by Josh Boak and Jill Colvin (Associated Press/ABC News) President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Says He’d Consider Increasing the Gas Tax

by Damian Paletta (The Washington Post)  President Trump on Monday said he was open to raising the federal tax on gasoline

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

California Gov. Approves Fuel Tax, Vehicle Fee Transportation Package

(NGT News)  California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed into law the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017,

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Automakers Hope to Reach U.S. Deal on 2025 Vehicle Emissions

by David Shepardson (Reuters) A trade group for automakers said on Tuesday it hopes to reach a deal with California and

April 13, 2017 Read Full Article

New, Safer U.S. Rail Cars Gather Dust even as Ethanol Trains Grow Longer

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)   … But the incident in Iowa underscores the growing risk of another serious

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

ICAO Council Adopts New CO2 Emissions Standard for Aircraft

(International Civil Aviation Organization) The 36-State ICAO Council has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Auto Dealers Want Trump to Weaken Car Emissions Rules

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Auto dealers are joining the call from carmakers for President Trump to roll back his

February 5, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Department Publishes “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future”

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department published a report titled, “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future.” Over

January 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Proposed Determination: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 — Comments due December 30, 2016

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On November 30, 2016, the Administrator proposed to determine that the MY 2022-2025 standards remain appropriate and that a

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

NATSO Asks DOT to Work with Existing Business on Alternative Fuel Corridors

(The Trucker News Services)  NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truck stops, has called on the Department of

August 31, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Rejects Automakers Request to Extend Fuel Comment Deadline

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  U.S. regulators late on Monday denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Standards address second-largest segment of U.S. transportation in terms of emissions and energy use — The U.S.

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

The Pew Charitable Trusts Advocates for Strong Fuel Efficiency Standards

(The Pew Charitable Trusts)  … Federal agencies are evaluating the standards that apply to model year (MY) 2022-25 passenger vehicles and

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Future Freight Plan for California Depends on Clean Diesel Power to Achieve Environmental, Economic and Sustainability Goals

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The major environmental, economic and efficiency goals sought in California’s proposed sustainable freight plan will be attainable

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

LaHood: Stick with Final 54.5 mpg Standards

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is optimistic that auto manufacturers can meet the Obama administration’s

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

LaHood: Raise the Gas Tax or America’s ‘One Big Pothole’

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  Lawmakers must raise the gas tax and index it to inflation, or “America’s going to

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Norton Says She’ll Keep Fighting Against Ethanol Shipments Through D.C.

by Patrick Madden (WAMU)  D.C.’s delegate to Congress says the government should ban ethanol and other flammable substances from being transported

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: What the Rolling Stones and Emerging Technologies Have in Common

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Efforts to develop and “commercialize” emerging technologies in the time horizons considered may not provide substantial air

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Completes the Puzzle

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  We have a tremendous opportunity to make the case in the Midterm Review

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Industry Group Drops Low-Carbon Fuel Fight

by Hillary Borrud (Portland Tribune)  An oil industry group announced Thursday it will abandon a bid to get voters to

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Centre to Have a New Transport Department Soon: Nitin Gadkari

by Elizabeth Roche (Live Mint)  The government will set up a transport department, which will tie up with green funds and

March 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Are Low Diesel Prices Hurting Biofuels Companies?

by John O’Dell (Forbes/Trucks.com)  With diesel fuel prices hovering at lows not seen in a decade, the smart money might bet

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

What Are the CAFE Standards, and Why Do They Matter?

by Robin Vercruse (Fuel Freedom)  … Initially focused on reducing our nation’s petroleum use in the wake of the oil crisis

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

How Cheap Oil Is Undermining Obama’s Fuel-Economy Rules

by Brad Plummer (VOX)  … Note that the CAFE standards come up for a midterm review in 2017. Some automakers have

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Cheap Gas Spurs SUV Sales and Puts U.S. Climate Goals at Risk

by David Shepardson and Paul Lienert (Reuters)  Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back

December 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Ten States Impose EV Flat Fees; Georgia Is Highest

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Washington, Colorado, Virginia And Oregon Also On Growing List  —   These fees were put into

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

After Weeks of Negotiations, Congress Finalizes 5-year Transportation Bill

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post) … The long-sought bill protects funding for transit from those who argued it should be

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

How Michigan’s New Road Funding Plan Affects Alt-Fuel Vehicles

by Tony Antonelli (Next Gen Transportation News)  … Notably, three of the bills – H.B.4736, H.B.4738 and H.B.4614 (now P.A.174, P.A.176

November 19, 2015 Read Full Article

The President’s Long Game on Fossil Fuels

by James P. Lenfestey  (Star Tribune)  …    Keystone would not, as Obama noted, have any noticeable economic benefit to

November 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Congress Misses a Chance to Improve the Transportation Bill

(The Washington Post)  …  But the process apparently isn’t open enough to allow for a vote on the most obvious

November 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Law Ignites More Political Wrangling

by Ian K. Kullgren  (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  … One of the law’s biggest advocates threatened to join forces with opponents this

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Survey: Americans Don’t Want to Pay for Neighbor’s EV

(American Energy Alliance)  Today, the American Energy Alliance released a new survey examining voters’ attitudes toward transportation policy, specifically government

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Reading the Green Like a Pro—Heavy Duty Truck GHG Phase 2 Mandates Can Help You Ace It!

by Fran Flynn (Biofuels Digest/ Fleet Advantage)  On the putting green, the golfer who putts last has the advantage of

August 27, 2015 Read Full Article

From Small Cars to Pickup Trucks, Automakers Aren’t Just Meeting Efficiency Standards, They’re Exceeding Them

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The emissions and efficiency standards for vehicles have been a big success, according to a new

May 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Transportation Dept. Gets Strict on Rules for Trains Carrying Flammable Oil

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post)  Almost two years after a runaway tank-car train erupted in an explosion that

May 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Bill Would Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Roads

by  Keith Laing (The Hill)  A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax

April 17, 2015 Read Full Article

US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades

by Matthew Brown (Associated Press/Monterey Herald) Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Gas Tax Hike Looking More Palatable to Republicans

by Fawn Johnson (National Journal)  Some lawmakers say there needs to be a rebate for low-income families. Others call it

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

The Chamber of Commerce Conveniently Forgets Its Attacks on Obama

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)  Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as

January 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Five Myths about Gas Taxes

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Report on Rail Car Retrofits Pegs $5.3 B Cost to Ethanol in 2019

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report prepared by economic research firm The Brattle Group showed that the

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

Exclusive Interview With RFA CEO/President Bob Dinneen at RFA Annual Membership Meeting in Des Moines, IA

by Jerry Perkins  (BioFuels Journal)  … RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen outlined the issues facing the Washington, DC-based ethanol advocacy organization which

October 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Commodities: DDGS Value Comes Down to Logistics

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Chinese MIR 162 (Syngenta trait corn) issues are still not resolved, leaving significant amounts

October 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Pushes Back on Rail Safety Improvements

by Curtis Tate (McClatchy News Service/Star Tribune)  The industry disputes finding that ethanol is more volatile than crude. Ethanol producers

October 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil

by Bob Tita (Wall Street Journal)  Thousands of Tank Cars Are Likely to Be Scrapped or Redeployed Under Federal Safety

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Comment Period Starts for Oil-Train Rules

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Obama administration Friday formally published proposals in the Federal Register to strengthen safety rules for trains carrying crude

August 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Expresses Concern Over Continued Rail Shipment Delays

(Growth Energy)  In response to a recent order by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which called on specific rail providers

July 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Saudi Arabia Plans To Raise Fuel Economy–But Not Gas Prices

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)   … Now, another country is discussing new regulations that would require both new and

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Asks for Relief from Rail Delays

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol industry Monday urged a federal regulator overseeing the nation’s railroads to provide

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

The Political Problem behind Our Crumbling Highways

by Paul Waldman (The Washington Post)  … The Congressional Budget Office says that starting next year, the fund won’t have enough money to

July 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Canada Issues New Tank Car Requirements for Ethanol, Crude Oil

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian government has announced a plan improve rail safety. It includes a requirement

April 28, 2014 Read Full Article

RFA Committed to Rail Safety, Says Priority One Is Keeping Trains on the Tracks

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (April 23, 2014), Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), testified before

April 24, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  While the Highway Trust Fund did a fine job of funding infrastructure maintenance for decades, it

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Combative Oil, Ethanol Industries Find Common Ground over Tank Cars

by Blake Sobczak and Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishers Energy Wire)  Orlando, Fla., was home to a rare occurrence last week:

February 28, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil, Ethanol Say Billions to Upgrade Rail Safety too Costly

by Patrick Rucker (TD Waterhouse)  Rail safety rules contemplated by U.S. regulators could require multibillion dollar upgrades to a tank

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

House Bill Seeks to Increase Gas Tax by 15 Cents per Gallon

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post)  With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next year, a House bill

December 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources: Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion

(US Senate Finance Committee)  This document is the fourth in a series of papers compiling tax reform options that Finance Committee

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

New R&D Strategies for a New Era

by Douglas L. Faulkner with contributions from Jacques Beaudry-Losique (Biofuels Digest)  …We believe it is time for bioenergy industry leaders to

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

EERE Transportation Energy Futures Study: Deep Reductions in Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Studies Institute (EESI) and the Department of Energy Office of Energy

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Transforming Transportation 2013

By Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Transforming Transportation ’13 conference, held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC,

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Tankers Have Dangerous Flaw

by Jason Keyser (Associated Press/St. Louis Post Dispatch)  For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail

September 18, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA, DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Rule, Address Biofuel Comments

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation finalized new fuel efficiency standards on

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

In the Year 2025: Cars and Trucks Are Going To Get Great Gas Mileage

by Josh Vorhees (Slate)  The Obama administration is set today to formally sign off on its latest round of strict

August 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Proposed CAFE Standards Could Pose Deadly Threat to Biofuels

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A coalition of agriculture and bioenergy groups, led by the 25x’25 organization, filed late comments with

July 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Ag Interests Say Biofuel Production Not “Incentivized”

(FarmProgress.com)  Ag interest groups filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Council and others Thursday calling for increased incentives

June 20, 2012 Read Full Article

President Obama Announces $1 Billion Fund to Promote Energy Efficient Vehicles

by Matt Compton  (White House Blog)  Today, (March 7, 2012) President Obama made a trip to a manufacturing plant for

March 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Obama’s Green-Car Plan Runs Into Alternative-Fuel Limits

by Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Green (Bloomberg)  President Barack Obama’s administration is buying fewer hybrid and electric cars and more

February 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Thirsty for More: Ethanol’s High Octane Rating May Be the Ticket for Meeting Escalating Fuel Efficiency Standards in Engines

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards unveiled

February 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Automakers Press for Some Changes to Fuel Rules

by David Shephardson (Detroit News)  Automakers asked the Obama administration Monday to make modest changes to a proposed boost in

February 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Sensenbrenner’s Position Isn’t Best for Wisconsin

by Bob Sather (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel/Wisconsin Bio-Industry Alliance)  This week, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) once again failed to

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Visionary Group in Montana Tells Us Their Rural Transit Success Story

by David Goldberg (Transportation for America)  …To fill gaps in service, Opportunity Link two years ago led the creation of North

December 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol Subsidy Foes Sponsor $64,000 Per Truck Natural gas Subsidy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Recently, it became clear what fuel Rep. Boren did like in his truck,  natural gas,

November 16, 2011 Read Full Article

US, Australia Sign Key Aviation Biofuels Accord

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MOU covers feedstock readiness, sustainability, data sharing, fuels certification, plus development of new alternative fuel

September 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Diesel Power Ready to Meet Challenge To Achieve Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Increased Fuel Efficiency in Trucks & Buses

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Diesel engines – which power more than 95 percent of America’s commercial trucks and 85 percent of

August 11, 2011 Read Full Article

Energy Programs Prepare for Debt Deal Pain

by Darren Goode & Darren Samuelsohn   (Politico)  Popular energy and environmental programs should prepare for a decade of spending cuts

August 1, 2011 Read Full Article

President Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards

(The White House)  President Obama today announced the next phase in the Administration’s program to increase fuel efficiency and reduce

July 29, 2011 Read Full Article

AMA Wants Motorcycles Included in Study of Ethanol-Blended Fuel

(American Motorcycle Association)  The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking a key U.S. House panel to include motorcycles and all-terrain

July 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Ford, Toyota Criticize EPA Ethanol-Blend Fuel Proposal

(Bloomberg)  Automakers including Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. criticized an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to

July 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Open Fuel Standard Legislation Is Bad for the Environment; Bad for Biofuels

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shale Natural Gas Does Not Belong in Pro-Environmental Legislation A new legislative analysis by Advanced Biofuels USA

June 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Is the Open Fuel Standard Good for Advanced Biofuels or for the USA? Don’t Think So!

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A proposal called the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) has recently been included in a

June 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Next Generation Fuel Economy Labels Arm Consumers with Information They Can Use

by Ray LaHood (Department of Transportation)  …Because of President Obama’s efforts and automakers’ innovations, Americans today have many more options

May 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Presidential Memorandum–Federal Fleet Performance

(The White House)  The Federal Government operates the largest fleet of light duty vehicles in America.  We owe a responsibility

May 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Baucus Crafts Oil Tax Break Repeal Plan Amid High Profit Reports

by Ben Geman (The Hill/E2Wire)  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) struck while the iron was hot Thursday and

May 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Flex Fuel Pumps and a Green Energy Economy

by Tom Vilsack (The White House Blog)  …Today there are millions of so-called ‘flex fuel vehicles’ on the road that

April 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Propel Fuels CEO Lays Out Biofuels Infrastructure Vision

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Propel Fuels’ CEO Matt Horton explained to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

April 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Senate Energy Committee Explores Biofuel Infrastructure Expansion

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Senate energy committee held a two-hour hearing April 7 to discuss proposed legislation

April 8, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Program Provides Consumers More Choices at the Pump With Flex-Fuel Options

(US Department of Agriculture)  Funding for Flex-Fuel Pumps Will Help Build Out Critical Infrastructure and Promote Greater Use of Biofuels

April 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Senate Hearing Examines Oil Price Spikes, Role of Biofuels

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   During a U.S. Senate committee hearing on March 30, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said

March 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Congressional Budget Office Publishes Alternative Approaches to Funding Highways

(Congressional Budget Office)  The federal government collects revenues from taxes paid by highway users, mostly from those levied on gasoline and

March 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Proposed Senate Bill S.559: Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act Comment on the Bill from an Advanced Biofuels Perspective

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) recently introduced Senate Bill

March 23, 2011 Read Full Article

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